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sol·id / ˈsälid/ • adj. (-id·er, -id·est) 1. firm and stable in shape; not liquid or fluid: the stream was frozen solid solid fuels. ∎  strongly built or made of strong materials; not flimsy or slender: a solid door with good, secure locks. ∎  having three dimensions: a solid figure with six plane faces. ∎  concerned with objects having three dimensions: solid geometry. 2. not hollow or containing spaces or gaps: a sculpture made out of solid rock a solid mass of flowers the stores were packed solid. ∎  consisting of the same substance throughout: solid silver cutlery. ∎  (of typesetting) without extra space between the lines of characters. ∎  (of a line or surface) without spaces; unbroken: the solid outline encloses the area within which we measured. ∎  (of time) uninterrupted; continuous: a solid day of meetings | it poured for two hours solid. 3. dependable; reliable: the defense is solid there is solid evidence of lower inflation. ∎  sound but without any special qualities or flair: the rest of the acting is solid. ∎  unanimous or undivided: they received solid support from their teammates. ∎  financially sound: the company is very solid and will come through the current recession. ∎  (solid with) inf. on good terms with: he thought he could put himself in solid with you by criticizing her. • n. a substance or object that is solid rather than liquid or fluid. ∎  (solids) food that is not liquid: she drinks only milk and rarely eats solids. ∎  Geom. a body or geometric figure having three dimensions. DERIVATIVES: sol·id·ly adv. sol·id·ness n.

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solid Applied to a map (e.g. in Britain one published by the Geological Survey) which depicts the outcrop patterns of rocks unobscured by their cover of recent superficial deposits (e.g. glacial, alluvial, or marine sediments).

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solid State of matter in which a substance has a relatively fixed shape and size. The forces between atoms or molecules are strong enough to hold them in definite locations (about which they can vibrate) and to resist compression. See also crystal; gas; liquid

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solid free from empty spaces XIV; of three dimensions XV; of dense consistency; firm and substantial XVI. — (O)F. solide or L. solidus, rel. to salvus SAFE, sollus whole.
Also sb. XV. So solidarity XIX. — F. solidarité. solidity XVI.

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